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10 fascinating tech projects that crowdfunding has made possible

10 fascinating tech projects that crowdfunding has made possible

Nick Heath-Innovation – Every big tech company talks about it, but many of the new computers and gadgets that hit shelves are simply glossier versions of existing tech. Today anyone looking for a piece of technology that dares to be different can turn to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Anyone with an idea for a project can set up a page on these sites, outlining their vision and how much money they need to make it a reality. Freed from corporate constraints crowdfunded projects are pushing into interesting areas of technology, from…

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FundRazr: Crowdfunding with social platform

FundRazr: Crowdfunding with social platform

How do you out-kick Kickstarter, and out-indie Indiegogo? Daryl Hatton, the founder of FundRazr, their largest Canadian competitor, has an idea. The crowdfunding world is booming. Crowdfunding sites that raise small sums from dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of individuals are being used for everything from charitable causes to launching new businesses to political misadventures. Most recently, Kickstarter, the American-based market leader, has finally opened its doors in Canada. But most of these sites have shared a common approach: All the fundraising happens on the crowdfunding site. Campaigns get their own page on…

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Crowdfunding: What’s in It for Scientists?

Crowdfunding: What’s in It for Scientists?

It seemed like no one was willing to take a chance on Louisa Edgerly. She had been working for months to get funding for her research trip to the Republic of Congo—nothing came. Her flight was booked and her equipment ready, but she knew she couldn’t fund herself for two months in the field. In near desperation she created a project campaign on Petridish.org, a science based crowdfunding website. 50 days later, and only two days before her flight, Edgerly had raised $7,330- just over her goal of $7,000. For emerging…

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OurCrowd is crowdfunding the venture capital deal

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Fund taps high-end investors to finance Israeli tech startups An Israeli entrepreneur is taking venture capital deals for tech startups online in a new twist on crowdfunding. Jon Medved has raised about $22 million in total for 27 Israeli technology companies in the past year through a website called OurCrowd.com. Crowdfunding, a means of raising capital through investors over the internet, a form of fund-raising more associated with indie ventures in the arts through Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Unlike those sites, OurCrowd won’t take money from just anybody. “You have to have a minimum net…

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Canadian $100 3D printer blows past crowd-funding goal

Canadian $100 3D printer blows past crowd-funding goal

A group of Canadian inventors, (operating under the company name Rinnovated Design), have blown past their modest funding goal of $50,000 with the promise of a 3D printer, called the Peachy Printer, that costs $100. Since posting the project to Kickstarter Canada, the group has raised more than $350,000 in only four days. According to the project’s leader, Yorkton, Saskatchewan resident Rylan Grayston, the aim of the project is to make 3D printing affordable enough for anyone. Similarly oriented hobbyist or pro-summer printers, like the 3DSystems Cube or MakerBot’s Replicator,…

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